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Jewish World Review May 18, 2009 / 24 Iyar 5769

The witch hunt has caught the witch

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's been fascinating to watch perhaps soon to be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) dig her political grave.


The first rule of holes is that when you find yourself in one, stop digging. But for her press conference Thursday, Ms. Pelosi rented a steam shovel.


The Speaker has been in the forefront of those Democrats in Congress who want to prosecute former Justice Department lawyers who said certain "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on al Qaida bigwigs were legal. But the CIA released a memo indicating she and a member of her staff had been briefed on these techniques in 2002 and 2003, and she raised no objection to them at the time.


After this memo was made public, the thing for Ms. Pelosi to do was to quietly let the matter drop. If there is nothing you can say to make yourself look better, keep your mouth shut.


But instead Ms. Pelosi has made a series of statements describing what she knew when, each different from the one before, each more outlandish than its predecessor. "Her lies are so transparent birds are slamming into them," said Fox News commentator Andy Levy.


Thursday's press conference was a gasp-inducing exercise in self immolation. Ms. Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to her. "They mislead us all the time," she said of the CIA's relationship with Congress. Alas for San Fran Nan, no other member of Congress was willing to back her up.


When Norah O'Donnell of MSNBC asked Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, a fellow Democrat, about that quote, he laughed out loud. "On that specific point, I totally disagree," he said. "Over the 20 years I've been here, I've been briefed constantly by the CIA and I'd say they've told me the truth, as they see it."


When asked about Ms. Pelosi's charge, her deputy, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) said: "I don't have a belief of that nature … I don't draw that conclusion."


I suspect that in private, Mr. Hoyer is enjoying watching Ms. Pelosi self destruct. The two are not close. They ran against each other for Speaker after the Democrats took control of the House in 2006, and Ms. Pelosi then opposed Mr. Hoyer's election as Majority Leader. She preferred Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa).


But Mr. Hoyer and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel are tight as ticks. There is little doubt Mr. Emanuel would prefer to have Mr. Hoyer running the House. Ms. Pelosi's awareness of this may account for her foolishness in holding the news conference, her nervousness during it, and her figurative bathing of President Obama's buttocks with saliva at an unrelated news conference earlier.


The president can't be happy about Ms. Pelosi's ever shifting stories, because they cast a poor light on his decision to make public explicit details of the CIA's interrogation techniques, and because they put more pressure on him to make public the memoranda former Vice President Dick Cheney says document the effectiveness of those techniques.


On the other hand, Mr. Obama has to be grateful the news media are focusing on Ms. Pelosi's credibility rather than on his abrupt change of position about making public photographs of the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, or on trying some of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay by military commissions.


A sign Ms. Pelosi is about to be thrown under the bus could be if more Democrats support an Ethics Committee investigation of Rep. Murtha, whose financial dealings with the defense lobbying firm PMA have attracted the attention of the FBI. It would go easier with the moonbats if Ms. Pelosi were dumped for condoning corruption than for her hypocrisy on "torture."


In the meantime, Ms. Pelosi's charge the CIA has deliberately misled Congress is serious and will have to be investigated. This elevates and prolongs the "torture" debate, and does so in a way that makes the credibility of Ms. Pelosi the central issue. This is not what Democrats intended when they began their witch hunt against former Bush administration officials.


"The witch hunt has caught the witch," one wag said.

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